2016-17 Events

three students present their work
Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend

May 1, 2017

The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented their views and research on Massachusetts state bills to legislators and community leaders. The bills included:

  • An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses

  • The Safe Communities Act

  • The Electronic Privacy Act

  • An Act Creating Higher Education Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities

  • An Act Decriminalizing Nonviolent and Verbal Student Misconduct

  • An Act Relative to Healthy Youth

  • An Act Providing Access to Higher Education for High School Graduates in the Commonwealth

  • An Act Establishing a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

  • An Act to Protect Confidential Health Care

  • An Act Creating a Bill of Rights for People Experiencing Homelessness,

  • An Act to increase access to children’s mental health services in the community

Cultural Spaces in the Rebuilding of Communities: Examples From Colombia, Syria and the United States

March 27, 2017

A panel discussion with three members of the Ethics Center's International Advisory Board  on how culture and the arts can be mobilized as communities seek to recover from violence, conflict and disorder.


  • Germaine Ingram, Philadelphia — Dancer, choreographer, songwriter, vocal and dance improviser, and a civil rights lawyer.

  • Ángela María Pérez Mejía, Bógota, Colombia — Chief cultural manager of Banco de la República.

  • John Shattuck, Boston — Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; senior fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; former president, Central European University.

Six Sorensen Fellows pose at a table outside

From left: Brandon Tran, Jennifer Almodovar, Marcelo Brociner, Sophia Warren, Yael Sammi Jaffe and Jake Greenberg.

From the Outside Looking In: Six Stories of Difference and Discovery

December 8, 2016

The 2016 Sorenson Fellows discussed their internship experience. Presenters included:

  • Jennifer Almodovar ’18, New York City — Interned at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, in Boston.

  • Marcelo Brociner ’18, Somerville, Massachusetts — Interned at the Work Room Four art studio in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • Jake Greenberg ’18, Old Tappan, New Jersey — Served as a Rockland Conservation and Service Corps intern at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, New York.

  • Yael Sammi Jaffe ’18, Hollywood, Florida — Interned with the Yerushalmit Movement, a grass-roots organization that works to build a more vibrant, pluralistic and inclusive Jerusalem.

  • Brandon F. Tran ’18, Houston — Interned at the Fo Guang Shan Sramanera School in New Delhi, India.

  • Sophia Warren ’18, Scarborough, Maine — Interned with The Jerusalem Youth Chorus of the Jerusalem International YMCA.

The Immigrant Experience: Our Experience

December 7, 2016

What's it like for immigrants who live in Waltham? What's it like for Brandeis students who work with them? Students in the practicum The Immigrant Experience in Waltham, taught by Marci McPhee, discussed what they learned about the experiences of immigrants in Waltham.

How Are We Talking About Immigration in the Election?

October 5, 2016

A discussion with Brian Fried, the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Comparative Politics of the Developing World, and Madeleine López, director of the Intercultural Center, and moderated by Marci McPhee of the Ethics Center.